University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension honors educators, specialist for exemplary performance

Karla Case

A Natrona County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received extension’s most prestigious award, and two others received newer employee and creative excellence honors.

Karla Case, a nutrition and food safety educator, was presented the Jim DeBree Excellence in Cooperative Extension Award in Laramie Wednesday, Nov. 7, during extension’s annual training conference.

The award, honoring the retired extension administrator, is given to those who demonstrate a high level of professional performance and leadership within their program areas and communities.

Nominations noted Case’s ability to work well with others, collaboration in creative efforts and providing innovative and inspiring contributions. Case is also the Cent$ible Nutrition Program coordinator for the county. A registered dietician, Case joined UW Extension in 2006.

Jennifer Jacobsen

Vision, finesse and confidence helped Jennifer Jacobsen receive the organization’s Newer Employee Recognition Award. Jacobsen, a nutrition and food safety educator based in Jackson, serves Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties.

“She is an example of an outstanding educator and exemplifies enthusiasm, professionalism, creativity and a strong work ethic,” wrote one nominator.

“She continuously looks for new ways to serve and educate in the western area, and provides successful programming in andoutside of Teton County,” said another.

Jacobsen began her position in 2009.

Creating and enhancing client websites and delivering creative and impressive projects has earned website designer and developer Ann Tanaka the Creative Excellence Recognition Award.

Ann Tanaka

Tanaka, in the Office of Communications and Technology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Laramie, was recognized for her commitment to improving extension’s Web presence.

“In a very short time, Ann has transformed extension’s Web presence from static pages to an interactive experience,” wrote a nominator.

Wrote another, “Ann approaches each project with a curiosity to learn something new, persistence to make the current better and determination to deliver a product that reflects the desires of her clientele. Her ideas and creativity in building and improving websites always exceed my expectations.”

Tanaka joined UW Extension in 2011.